I returned from Poland to discover that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, had become the latest of Christ's enemies to abuse his privileged position. To have him support the introduction of Shari'a law must be utterly chilling for any Muslim who has come to this country to escape from the sort of nutters who actually know what Shari'a law really means.
Williams claims that he is not calling for 'parallel laws'. If that is true, then it demonstrates that he really is talking through his bottom. Because there is no other way that extreme Islamists would interpret it.
Over the last year, we have been celebrating the anniversary of the end of the slave trade. Let us remember what played a big part in precipitating it: it was British judges in the early 19th Century ruling that slaves who arrived on these shores were no longer bound by the laws of their former countries and therefore became free. We desperately need to enforce the same principle to protect Muslims and the rest of us from those who want to flog homosexuals before throwing them off cliffs; stone women to death for having sex; hang people for drinking alcohol and consider that a woman who has been raped deserves to be punished for bringing shame on her family.
There is no halfway house here. There is no point in appeasement, and I use the word deliberately. If you pretend that we could have Shari'a law for some matters and not for others, you are living in cloud cuckoo land. Once you accept the principle that some members of our society do not enjoy the same protection as others, it is well-nigh impossible to justify not yielding to future demands. If you want to live in a fascist state where Shari'a is the law, go and live there. You will be walking on the tortured bodies and graves of people who were not given a choice. Anyone who comes to this country deserves the full protection of our law.